PPTC Entrance Assessment (GL) | The Transfer Test
Follow us on Facebook

Information & Help with the Northern Ireland Transfer Test

PPTC Entrance Assessment (GL)

Update: Wednesday 13th January 2021

AQE test confirmed as being cancelled along with the GL due to Covid-19.

The rescheduled AQE test in February was cancelled today, so there will be no AQE test for the P7s. Each grammar school will use their contingency admissions criteria for admitting pupils to year 8 in September 2021.
Please check the grammar school's website or contact them for their admissions criteria.


Website: www.pptcni.com

If the Registration Pack documentation does not cover all of your concerns, please contact the GL grammar school (PPTC Assessment Centre) which you nominated, or will nominate as Assessment Centre 1 on the Registration form. You should be able to get a contact email address and/or telephone number from their school website.

Key dates (2020/21)

1st June 2020: Registration Opens
16th Oct 2020: Registration Closes
30th Jan 2021: The Assessment
6th Feb 2021: Supplementary Assessment
6th Mar 2021: Results
More Key Dates 

GL Practice Papers & Revision Booklets are available to buy from our website shop.


Post Primary Transfer Consortium
Schools which accept the PPTC's Entrance Assessment (GL) results as part of their selection criteria for admission to Year 8 (Form 1) are listed at the bottom of the page.

Entrance Assessment (GL)

  • The PPTC Entrance Assessment is commonly referred to as the GL, GL Test or GL Assessment.
  • The assessment consists of 2 standardised papers and are multiple choice in format.
  • The Maths Paper has 45 Questions and lasts 45 minutes. For the 2020-21 Entrance Assessment every child will be given 50 minutes (rather than the normal 45) for this paper.
  • The English Paper has 60 Questions and lasts 50 minutes. For the 2020-21 Entrance Assessment every child will be given 60 minutes (rather than the normal 50) for this paper.
  • There will be a short practice session before each of the papers and, between the papers, the children will have time for a snack and a toilet break.
  • The children will record their answers on a separate computer marked answer sheet.
  • The Entrance Assessment will be marked independently by GL Assessment.
  • The aspects of English and Mathematics covered by the Entrance Assessment are consistent with the legal requirements of the Northern Ireland Key Stage 2 curriculum.

2020/21 PPTC (GL) Registration Pack

The 2020-21 Registration Pack, which includes the Entrance Assessment Registration Form is now available on the PPTC website. Registration opens on Monday 1st June 2020 and closes on 9th October 2020.

PPTC schools not using academic selection for 2020/21

The following schools have announced that they will not be using GL Assessment results to select pupils for 2021.

  • Abbey Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Newry
  • Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Omagh
  • Lagan College, Belfast
  • Loreto Grammar School, Omagh
  • Mount Lourdes Grammar, Enniskillen
  • Our Lady's Grammar School, Newry
  • Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry
  • St Colman's College, Newry
  • St Columb's College, Derry
  • St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel
  • St Michael's College, Enniskillen
  • Thornhill College, Derry

Each school will have their own admissions criteria for 2021.